The St. Louis Rams have a long way to go to re-establish themselves as a contending team in the NFC West. St. Louis is coming off the worst five-year stretch in NFL history. The Rams have a 15-65 record over that span, including a 2-14 campaign in 2011 that ended with Steve Spagnuolo getting fired after three seasons and 10 total wins. General manager Billy Devaney was shown the door after four years.
New head coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead have combined efforts to overhaul the roster. Fisher has also assembled an impressive coaching staff with assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and secondary coach Chuck Cecil.
Fisher, McGinnis, Cecil, and linebackers coach Blake Williams will oversee the defense in the absence of suspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Blake’s father.
The Rams do have some talent at core positions with quarterback Sam Bradford, running back Steven Jackson, right guard Harvey Dahl, safety Quintin Mikell, defensive end Chris Long and middle linebacker James Laurinaitis. Signing cornerback Cortland Finnegan upgraded that position and the team drafted fairly well.
The Rams have many question marks with a new coaching staff and several new faces on their roster. As all things go in today’s NFL, how the Rams do in terms of wins and losses will depend on how well Bradford picks up Schottenheimer’s offense.
The rebuild begins today as the rookies report to Rams Park and the ContinuityX Training Center. Veterans will report in on Saturday.